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Problem with new pedals and leg fatigue(6 posts)

Problem with new pedals and leg fatiguekomatiite
Aug 27, 2003 9:20 AM
I have been riding Look pedals for the past 1500 miles. i recently got new shimano r150 shoes and the ultegra spd-sl pedals. there is a difference in float btwn cleats. after getting everything installed and spending an entire evening last night getting the cleats set about right, i went for a ride this morning. wow, what a difference at first. pedals have more surface area and just feel better. the shoes were a definite upgrade from some older Northwave shoes i have. my problem is this: i notice that different muscles in the legs, particularly quads, really started fatiguing[sp?] a lot quicker and i noticed my cadence was significantly lessened. I usually trained to cadence and on flats i was normally pushing 125, i could barely keep 100. im thinking that its just a different setup and that my legs arent used to it. just wanted some opinions/suggestions.

Aug 27, 2003 9:37 AM
Does your saddle height need to be adjusted for the new setup. The distance from the pedal spindle to platform or a thicker shoe sole and cleat can make a noticable difference.

When I switched from Look to speedplay I noticed fatigue in my calves. I had to get used to controling the free float of the new pedals. Within a few rides all was well.
Aug 27, 2003 10:03 AM
I may try and raise the saddle a 1-3mm and see how that does. it feels like my pedal stroke is too short now. i cant remember, my moving the seat back, does that effectively lower or raise the saddle? i have changed fore/aft position recently [prior to installing new pedals] and that helped out then.
Aug 27, 2003 11:32 AM
Moving the saddle back effectively raises the saddle.
need more float?komatiite
Aug 27, 2003 7:39 PM
thats what i thought. i can never remember the simple things like that.

so, should i just ride really light for a few weeks so my body can adjust to the new shoes/pedals? im really surprised after putting my old Look pedals back on today after my ride at the difference in float. the Looks have SO much more than the Ultegra SPD-SL's.

my right knee is a bit sore too. perhaps this is from lessened amount float?
I thought SLs had more float...biknben
Aug 28, 2003 4:28 AM
If you are dealing with leg pain and LESS float you may want to double check you cleat position. I assumed the Ultegra pedals would have more, free flowing, float.

We are getting into the realm of personal setup. Only you can decide when it feel just right. You mentioned you spent a good deal of time on the cleat positioning. If you are comfortable with what you did there, I would check the saddle height and see if a small adjustment makes a difference.

Also don't forget to give yourself time to get used to things. If you start adjusting things all over the place you'll get all outa wack. Think small, while giving your body time to decide if it likes it.